Do You Have Questions?
Becoming an egg donor can be exciting and tremendously rewarding. Our team of experts are available to help you throughout your journey, but to get you started, these are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Egg Donor FAQ
For Fertility Heaven, the minimum age to donate eggs is 20 years old. Our maximum age to become an egg donor is 29 years old.
Fertility Heaven limits a woman to four egg donations. If a donor decides she would like to participate in a second or third donation, she will have already completed the screening process successfully and may be given approval to begin another donor cycle as scheduling permits. It’s usually much quicker the second time around.
Our egg donor program is anonymous however below are the different donations that exist. Your legal agreement will cover the terms of the donation.
Anonymous donation. This means the intended parents will not know your name or contact information.
Semi Anonymous means there are some restrictions. The Intended Parents may like to have a phone conversation or Skype meeting which we would arrange if you agree. They will not have your contact information.
Open Donation means the parents want to know who you are and potentially be in contact with you in the future.
The professionals involved in the screening process review the egg donors motivation, health and family medical history, emotional stability and matching factors.
This procedure does not take a lot of time. Usually medical appointments are under an hour. However, missing scheduled appointments without informing the fertility clinic is actually the leading cause of disqualifying donor candidates. Please keep in mind that you need to attend weekly doctor appointments in the early in the morning and may need to attend twice a week as you get closer to egg retrieval.
Read more on egg donor requirements here.
Every egg donor has a different experience. It is best to relax after retrieval for a day. The fertility clinic can discuss their experience with you regarding discomfort following egg donation.
A potential side effect to egg donation is a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This condition exists when a woman’s ovaries respond excessively to the medication given to increase egg production. This condition is rare and occurs in a handful of cases. There is no need to worry.
Most women produce just one egg per monthly cycle. In the case of egg donation, it is ideal for the donor to produce more eggs for the month, to raise the probability of creating a higher number of fertilized embryos for transfer to the uterus of an intended mother or surrogate. This is often achieved through fertility drugs.
In women who are diagnosed with hyperstimulation, the body responds with increased sensitivity to these medications, causing the ovaries to swell. This can lead to accumulation of fluids that often leak into the abdomen or chest areas.
Symptoms of ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome vary from woman to woman, but can include:
- Excessive bloating or abdominal pain
- Excessive weight gain, often exceeding a ten pound weight gain in just three to five days
- Decreased urination
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
While many of these symptoms may be present in the recovery of egg donation with no need for medical intervention, you should be seen by a doctor right away if you experience intense nausea or vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath, or a marked decrease in urine.
Symptoms usually improve on their own however,if it does not contact your clinic right away. In general, symptoms will begin to improve within a matter of days.
Donor compensation through Fertility Heaven starts at $6,000 to $10,000, which can be dependent upon a number of considerations including education, repeat donations and ethnic diversity. Egg donor compensation covers the time, effort, inconvenience and high level of commitment necessary to accomplish an egg donation. Fertility Heaven and the intended parents place high a expectation on you as an egg donor to follow through with the requirements of the program and treatment. For your services you will be compensated generously for your commitment.
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No you do not have out of pocket expenses. The intended parents cover the costs of your treatment. In addition, you will receive funds for gas, tolls and parking before every doctor’s appointment. Your donor fee is received at the end of egg retrieval.
If you do need to travel for your donation, plan to take two trips to the IVF doctor you’ll be working with. The first is a one-day trip but no more than two days. This first trip will be for your medical screening.
The second trip will be for your actual egg retrieval. Any appointments between your first and second trip will be at a local monitoring facility that your primary IVF doctor will send you to. Your egg retrieval trip can be anywhere between 4-7 days, but tends to be shorter.
Your airfare, hotel and meals are covered in advance so that you do not have out of pocket expenses.
Your egg donor profile will include information you provided on your online application about yourself, family health history, a photo gallery, and short video. The video can be about anything you like to talk about such as something about yourself, school, achievements or why you want to be an egg donor. However your identity and contact information are private.
Profiles with great photos and thoughtful answers tend to match quicker. Match times vary from immediate to more than a year.
Your profile is protected and not available to the public. Intended parents who are looking for an egg donor create password protected search accounts to view egg donor profiles. Once we have an intended parent who would like for you to be their egg donor, we will contact you to confirm your availability.
Once you are selected by intended parents, your egg retrieval will likely occur within 8 to 10 weeks. Sometimes it can be longer. Once the process starts you will be completing screenings, psychological evaluations, legal contracts and taking medication to prepare for egg retrieval.
Questions? Contact Fertility Heaven.
We will cover any additional questions you may have during the screening process.